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Full text of "A visit from St. Nicholas"



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Twas the nignt before Christmas, when at! firougn 

the house 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; 
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon v/ould be there; 
The children were nestled al! snug in their beds, 



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WhiiJ \isons of sjgat- fj L'n s Jctiiw.. r t heat'; 
And mamma in ner Kercnief ana I m my cap, 
Kad just settled our brains for a long winter's nap - 
When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter, 
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter} 
Away to the window I flew like a fla^h. 




Tors open the shutters ana threw up the sash. 
The moon, on the breast of the new-fallen sr.ow, 
Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects beiow ; 
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear 
jBtit a miniature sleigh, and ei^ht tiny rein-deer, 
wVith a little old driver, so iivp*y ^tr"^ ouicU- 




i knew in a moment it must be St. Nick, 
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came 
And he whistled, andshouted.andcalledtherrby h 
"Now, Dasher! now.Dancef !now,Prancer andVix' 
On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzer 




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«he too of the porch, to Jhe too of th; 

L dash away, dasH away, dash away 

ry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, * 

n they meet with an obstacle, nnount to the sky 

up to the house-top the coursers they flew, 

1 a sleigh full of toys — and St. Nicholas too. • 




And then in a twinkling ! neard on the /oof, 
The prancing and pawing of each Wtije hoof. 
'As I drew in my head, and was turning around, 
Down the chimney St. Nicholas c^me with a bound. 
He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot, 




And his clotl^s were all tarr.ished with ashes and soot: 
A bundfe of toys he had flung on his back, 

And he looked like a padier just opening his pac^ 

His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how me. 

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; 

His droll little'mouth was drawn up like a bow, J 




A ^d the smo 
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his chin was as white as the snow 
his teeth, 

wreath, 
iad face and a little round belly 
en he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly 



And the bear " "" '""'^ chin was as white asth 
_, \ jf a pipe he held tight in his tee 

The stunnp ci 
. y-e. It encircled his head like a 




He was chubby and plump, — a right joHy old elf; 
And I laughed when ! saw him in spite of myself 
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head, 
Soon gave me to know ! had nothing to dread. 
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his woH 
'lied all the stockings ithen turned v/ith a j.er 




And laying his finger aside of his nose, 

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. 

Ue sprang to his Sleigh, to his teann gave a whistle 

And away they all- flew like the down of a thistle; 

Put I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight 

•'Merry Ckr stwas to all, and to all a good nig 







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